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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Sports round-up 05.12.10

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE BASEBALL: A flurry of runs in the final innings led Monclova Christian Academy’s baseball team to a 10-7 non-league win May 4 in Fayette.

The Eagles were down 4-0 going into  the bottom of the sixth inning, but tied the game with hits by Zayne Colegrove, Nelson Barnhiser, Travis Cline, Chase Hookstadt, Kruce Miller and Cole Burkholder.

Monclova came back with two runs in the top of the seventh, but Fayette tied it again at 6-6 with hits by Cline, Hookstadt, Miller, Dalton Goeltzenleuchter and Quinton Keefer.

The visitors added four in the eighth and the Eagles came through with only one after Colegrove reached home on stolen bases.

A weather delay forced Fayette and Pettisville to stop in the third inning May 3 and finish up the next night. The Blackbirds posted a big 21-2 victory.

With Colegrove and Goeltzenleuchter on base, Burkholder belted a single to send both runners home.


FAYETTE SOFTBALL: Tiffany Bates nearly came through with a victory in her first varsity start on the mound Thursday, but Stryker came from behind to win 13-10.

The Panthers did it again in the sectional tournament game, winning 3-1.

In the game Thursday, Stryker knocked Bates for three hits in the opening inning to take a 5-0 lead. They added two more in the second inning before going three-up, three-down in the third.

The Eagles started working on their comeback in the bottom of the second. Rachel Seiler was safe on an error, Jeri Ann Lewellen drew a walk and Seiler came home on Megan Stannard’s base hit. Lewellen stole home and Stannard scored on a passed ball.

In the third, Brooke Croskey drew a walk and advanced on Rachel Seiler’s base hit. One run scored on a fielder’s choice single by Lewellen and another came home on Leah Brinegar’s sacrifice to cut the score to 7-5.

Jessica White opened Fayette’s half of the fourth inning with a walk. Janaye Smith walked and Sydney Brown loaded the bases with a single.

Croskey drew a walk to force home a run and Seiler batted in a run on a fielder’s choice. Lewellen tried to stretch a double into a three-bagger, but was tossed out after two runners crossed home.

In the fifth inning, Stryker put a runner on base with a walk, but Lewellen got the force out at second and threw to White at first for a double play.

The Eagles’ 9-7 lead held through the top of the sixth when four runs scored with two outs. Fayette made it 12-10 when Stannard dropped a base hit behind shortstop and Seiler came home. The Eagles left the bases loaded after Bates drew a walk, and that was the end of their scoring.

Seiler ended the game with three runs scored and four base hits. In addition to the hits mentioned earlier, Bates and Brinegar each has base hits.


FAYETTE TRACK: Fayette runners scored two second places and three fourths Saturday at the Montpelier Invitational. Fifteen teams competed.

Junior distance runner Darrell Randall had the best success, taking second in the 1600-meter run (4:39.8) and second in the 3200-meter run (10:22). He was just behind rival Cody Livensparger in both races—less than a second back in the close 1600-meter race. He was four second back in the longer run.

Elisha Hartman placed fourth in the girls 800-meter run at 2:32.9, her best time since last year’s district race. Melanie Seiler placed eighth at 2:39.8

Hartman and Seiler teamed with Alexa Kessler and Erica Goeltzenleuchter for a fourth-place finish in the 3200-meter relay (11:18).

Goeltzenleuchter took a fourth-place spot on her own in the 3200-meter run (12:41) after coming in seventh in the 1600-meter run (6:01).

Dustin Lantz placed seventh in the long jump at 16-4.5.

Noelle Goodson advanced to the semifinals in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Kessler advanced in the girls 200.


MORENCI TRACK: Seven personal bests were recorded Thursday at Sand Creek, but the Bulldogs’ track teams both fell to the Aggies.

Garrett Mohr had his top discus toss of the season at 131-3 and Dustin Roller’s 6-0 high jump was his best. Tyler Guelde turned in his best 1600-meter race (5:06) and Max Gautz came through with his best 300-meter hurdle race (:43.7).

Luke Spaulding ran his fastest 3200-meter race at 10:57.

For the girls, Brooke Bovee bested her 100-meter hurdle time (:16.4), her 100-meter dash time (:13.26) and her 300-meter hurdle time (:29.35).

Saturday at Hudson. Mercedez McCaskey ran her best 1600-meter race at 6:41.

Bovee was the only individual winner (300 hurdles, :50.4) and the only boys win came in the 1600-meter relay at 3:43.5 (Simon Jeffers, Roller, Brett Bovee and Chas Frey).


MORENCI BASEBALL: Nick Wilson earned nearly a dozen strikeouts on the mound for Morenci at home Monday, but defensive errors aided Britton/Deerfield in posting an 11-4 TCC victory.

Wilson’s earned runs were few that game, coach Don Williams said, as defensive lapses made the difference.

The Bulldogs also had some trouble getting on base.

“We were putting the bat on the ball, but the hits weren’t strong enough or else they went right at people,” Williams said.

He’s still seeing a lack of confidence at the plate among his young players.

The Bulldogs scored two runs in the third on no hits. In the fourth, Austin VanBrandt drove Daniel Stutzman home with a base hit.

In the seventh, Dustin Roller walked, stole a base and scored on Riley Burk’s second RBI-sacrifice of the night.

VanBrandt played his first game at third base due to Desmond Alcock’s injury and he did a good job, Coach Williams said.

Summerfield claimed a five-inning 10-0 win last Wednesday as Morenci came through with only two base hits—one each from Cody Long and Eddie Cousino.

Cousino almost got an RBI on his single, but a perfect relay to home plate resulted in a tag out on Wilson.


MORENCI SOFTBALL: Tia Tompkins notched a no-hitter at home Monday when the Bulldogs toppled Britton/Deerfield in five innings, 15-1.

She walked four and struck out eight.

Chelsea Tompkins finished with three singles, Tia Tompkins had a triple and a single and Chanler McCaskey belted a home run.

Ninth-ranked Summerfield scattered runs across four innings last Wednesday to post a 10-0 softball win over Morenci in six innings.

Tompkins had trouble finding the strike zone in the third inning, coach Kay Johnson said, as she walked five in that inning and another four in the sixth when Summerfield finished it off with four runs.

Morenci’s only hit came in the second inning Matea Garcia singled to left field. No other batter reached base safely and the Summerfield pitcher ended with 14 strikeouts.

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